We’re currently in the process of determining which cells we will use in our production batteries. While experimenting with different cells, we’re also range testing our batteries. There’s no better way to do this than to get out and ride. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!
Yesterday I was able to get out on a longer ride, and since we are testing our range at the highest output from the motor, I brought two batteries with me. I took the Salsa Fargo and headed out on one of my favorite gravel roads, Anderson Creek. This climb is familiar as it is quiet and one of the quickest ways to get out of town and into the woods.
Before I knew it I was at the top of the first climb, where the fog was obstructing what normally is an amazing view of the mountains spanning to the coastal range. With no view to take in, I got back on the bike and headed downhill. I appreciated the pedal assist for several reasons on my ride but one major benefit this time of year was not getting too hot and sweaty on the climb which meant I wasn’t cold on the descent.
As I dropped down towards the Little Applegate river, the trees began to change from evergreen to deciduous and the colors from green to vibrant yellows and orange. Riding downriver through a tunnel of fall colors I realized I had already ridden twenty miles while it felt like I was just warming up.
The remainder of the ride was along rolling paved back roads into Jacksonville. From there it was an easy cruise to the bike path and back to Ashland. Once home I looked at the computer: 59.7 miles with 5,100 ft. of elevation and a ride time of four and a half hours. I drained two batteries, but keep in mind this was at full power from the motor with a fair amount of ascending.
Soon we will be testing the motors at the lower power settings and will have a better idea of battery range. In the meantime stay tuned for more ride reports and updates on our progress and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook as well!